By: Roger Olson
While complicated tensions exist between religion and science, both Christian theology and science need to respect their boundaries and limits, the late theologian Emil Brunner said.
By: Roger Olson
Many are convinced that modern science is Christianity's enemy, while many scientifically minded people are convinced Christianity is science's enemy. Evolution is often the flashpoint.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
The U.N. observes World Refugee Day every June to honor those forced to flee their home countries under the threat of war, persecution, conflict and environmental disasters. Did your church participate?
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
When earthquakes and other natural disasters strike poor nations, some blame the high death tolls on the fall of man. The blame falls to corruption and incompetence that fails to protect the poor.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
The British government signed a treaty with China to ensure Hong Kong's core values, including freedom of speech and assembly, until 2047. But as recent Hong Kong protests were broken up, Britain was mum.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine.
Credo: It’s my belief the creation story in Genesis is a religious story rich in faith but not one meant to be understood in a scientific or literal way. I believe in science and so do you. The book of Genesis was written in an age before science was known or understood. To hold the Bible up as scientific writing is to do harm to its original intent or meaning.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
We've known that economic inequality is cumulative and hereditary and that the super rich are hijacking democracy. Now, a new book offers the sophisticated statistical analysis to back it up.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
While the middle classes of the world resent the populism of politicians who exploit the ignorance of the peasantry, there is little comparable anger at the subversion of democracy by the super-rich.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
Since Qatar won the bid to host soccer's World Cup in 2022, more than 400 migrant workers have died on the country's construction sites. And that number could reach 4,000 when the World Cup begins.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
Ethics doesn't live in a different realm than knowledge. A preacher's political stance and what he does with his fees says more about his Christianity than any of his theological arguments.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
While 60 percent of U.S. adults affirm human evolution, most black Protestants and white evangelical Protestants believe humans existed in their present form since the beginning of time, a survey found.
Technology is no longer about gadgets and machines. Bureaucracy and technology are intimately linked. Both exalt the reduction of life and work to rule-following behavior.
Biblical illiteracy and historical amnesia aren't confined to New Zealand, but there does seem to be a systematic effort here to erase any Christian reference in state education and public life.
Sponsorship of children in Third World nations is a near-perfect marketing strategy for raising funds. That's why it persists despite concerns expressed by local people.
U.S. Christians betray their faith by their strident cries of "persecution" and lobbing grenades at people. The histories and politics of India and Sri Lanka could teach them something.
Pope Benedict XVI has decried the abuse of animals in our food production. Consider these five moral challenges about how the food on our table gets there.
Passive followers help tyrants stay in power. Christian parents and educators can best serve God's kingdom by teaching children the responsibility of disobedience.
If the next generation of Maos, Hos, Osamas and Castros are being formed today in Gaza, the West Bank, northwest Pakistan, the Congo or northern Sri Lanka, who bears responsibility?
The biggest transformation in the U.S. economy since the 1980s has been the stagnation of the middle classes and the dramatic rise of the super-rich. Can it be turned around?
Broadcasting anti-Islamic propaganda goes beyond a free-speech right. However, the most difficult decisions we make are not about right and wrong, but choosing between competing rights.
When we hear information from scientific sources, we drink in those facts with unquestioning reverence. It's a truth that the advertising world knows well and exploits fully.
Attacking shoddy science and naïve philosophy, an author and philosopher explains why our consciousness cannot be found solely in the stand-alone brain.
When churches provide aid to the needy, are they unwittingly helping governments abdicate their duty to poor citizens? Perhaps more churches ought to be crying out for justice for the poor.
Some Christians have trouble reconciling their faith with evolution. But the answers to five common questions that Christians have show why they need not be troubled.
Folks who are the most vocal about "living under biblical authority" often rely on obscure verses to keep women from exercising their leadership gifts in the church. It betrays the gospel.
When we allow faith to be redefined as scientific truth or political ideology, we subordinate it to these other realities. To continue down this path is to march our faith toward irrelevance.
The United States and Western Europe are strong advocates of human rights in Africa and the Middle East – as long as it doesn't block their economic and political interests.
To hold a serious discussion on creation risks receiving ridicule from Christians and scientists alike. Ignorance and its close cousin, arrogance, are found on all sides.
The U.S. was the prime mover behind a resolution by the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling on Sri Lanka to improve its human rights record and launch a war-crimes inquiry.
While some nations invoke sovereignty to deflect criticism of their brutality, a civil society must stand for human rights to protect the poor and oppressed.
The saber-rattling in this presidential election year has replaced Iraq with Iran as the global villain. As politicians in the U.S. and Israel escalate fear of Iran, will they create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Turning a blind eye to injustices in the Middle East, much of the U.S. public, including many of its church leaders, are profoundly ignorant of Middle East history.
(RNS) On the eve of Charles Darwin's birthday, lawmakers in at least four states are taking steps to hinder the teaching of evolution.
Watson's winning performance on "Jeopardy!" was hailed as a triumph of machine intelligence over human. But comparing computers like Watson to the human brain is philosophical sleight of hand.
Does the Bible teach us who to hate? Some may use Scripture to justify their hatred, but Jesus' teaching was crystal clear when he told us to love our enemies.
Evolutionary psychologists say the ultimate motivation for our behavior is making the world safe for our genes, which means all our decisions are self-serving. So why are their assertions exempted from this reasoning?
The micro-credit industry was once seen as the magic formula to end poverty. However, we now see that microfinancing isn't helping the poor out of poverty.
Which nation is the biggest threat to global security? To feed its addiction to rapid growth, China has been gobbling up resources across the globe.
Why couldn't economists have predicted the mess of today's global economy? Perhaps because many of them played a crucial role in creating the conditions that paved the way for the crisis.
Marina Silva, a Brazilian environmentalist and politician, is a committed Christian who puts the long-term future of the planet and its inhabitants ahead of short-term financial gain.
Responsible lending can help people escape poverty, but lending by rich nations and financial institutions in our debt-ridden global economy is often irresponsible. How will Christians respond?
(RNS) A new documentary examines the evolving battle over teaching evolution in American classrooms.
A 23-year-old woman has spearheaded a populist movement to take on Chile's educational and political system. When will Christian universities and churches begin to produce such students?
LONDON (RNS) A group of 30 leading scientists are pressing the British government to ban all teaching of creationism in the nation’s publicly funded schools.
While it's incumbent on governments to provide security for their citizens, should we forego that security when it's obtained at the cost of harming, degrading or endangering the lives of innocent others?
Some GOP presidential hopefuls seem to be waging a war on public education, sending dog-whistle messages to the Christian Right that they can count on them to support the teaching of creationism in science classes.
While budget-panicked governments in the U.S. and Europe take out their fears on the urban poor and lower-middle class with cutbacks to services, the super rich get away with tax evasion on a huge scale.
Author and theologian John Stott, who died last month at 90, was one of those rare Christian leaders who was willing to change his mind and admit that he had done so.
A "spirituality" without truth can be as oppressive as unity without justice. When religions are emptied of gods, other gods take over. And the god of the state is prominent among them.
While they posture about standing up for human rights and dignity, Western governments are deeply indebted to repressive political regimes and enmeshed in exploitative financial systems.
As dire warnings continue about the slowing down of global economic growth, few ask who bears the cost for such growth. As the rich play games with the economy, the world's poor suffer.
The maid at the center of the charges of sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is typical of those employed in the world's luxury hotel industry. Many live on meager incomes and work in subhuman conditions.
When Christian leaders in powerful nations discuss truth only in matters of religious apologetics but not in issues of justice and accountability, is it any wonder that evangelical Christianity faces a crisis of credibility?
As Sri Lanka approaches the second anniversary of the end of a 30-year-old conflict, the nation faces a moral and spiritual crisis. Will its leaders seek national reconciliation or stoke mindless exhibitions of patriotic fever?
What's your answer when your daughter asks whether Adam and Eve or the cavemen came first? You could pit science and faith against each other. Or help her affirm her faith while appreciating science.
State lawmakers from a half-dozen states have proposed anti-evolution bills this year, with several of them claiming their bills would ensure academic freedom and prevent workplace discrimination.
With "whistleblowing" once again the subject of legal and political harangues, surely it is only a matter of time before WikiLeaks and Julian Assange make it to Hollywood.
As the widespread use of the new communication media transforms humanity into "multiple-choice identities," little critical and theological reflection is emerging from our churches and seminaries.
As long as their own dividends kept flowing in regularly, thousands of stockholders couldn't care less what the banks had been doing with their money. It's further proof that the rich live on the backs of the poor.
(RNS) Four in 10 Americans believe that God created humans in something like their present form within the last 10,000 years, according to a new Gallup Poll.
Christian conservative developers want Kentucky to subsidize their Noah's Ark theme park with up to $37.5 million. Does it violate the Constitution's establishment clause?
As longevity increases in Western societies and actual encounters with dead bodies and rituals of death become rarer in the lives of children and youth, the fascination with suicide and violent death increases.
A typical view in conservative evangelical circles is that evangelism is the foremost priority of the Church. How on earth did this Great Commission get reduced to preaching?
Governments like North Korea, India and Pakistan are rich enough to build nuclear stockpiles and massive standing armies but still can't feed their own populations.
Adam Smith, an 18th century philosopher and a pioneer of political economics, could not have envisioned today's world, in which our contemporary global economy is based on impersonal exchanges around the world.
When well-off churches and other Christian organizations partner with poorer churches overseas, are they actually diverting people and funds away from locally initiated and productive ministries with lower overhead?
Christian ministers burn the Quran. Protesters angrily object to an Islamic center near Ground Zero. Kentucky's Creation Museum has more than a million visitors. What do these all have in common? Fear.
PETERSBURG, Ky. (RNS) Ken Ham looks around the throng of guests and notes that “for a Tuesday, this is not a bad crowd.”
Can the Bible be read seriously without being read literally? The unnecessary conflict between faith and science is wreaking havoc on both faith and science.
A conservative Old Testament scholar said Christians risk being branded a cult if they refuse to acknowledge the evidence favoring some form of evolution. The seminary he worked for handed him his walking papers.
Redefining faith as scientific truth or political ideology subordinates faith to these other realities. Out of a desire to have faith validated and affirmed by wider culture, some are allowing their beliefs to be hijacked.
Charles Darwin was center stage recently, celebrated by some and condemned by others. What triggered the public brawl? It's the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th of "On the Origin of Species."
Evolution has always been a burning issue among fundamentalists. My step away from fundamentalism came when I realized that I needed to stop trying to limit God. He is free to create any way he wants.
The Clergy Letter Project began when a biologist and several clergy wrote a statement affirming the teaching of evolution. Nearly 12,000 Christian clergy have now signed the letter.
Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and a Christian who is articulate at discussing his faith, has been named to lead the National Institutes of Health.
Sen. Inhofe's report lists more than "700 dissenting scientists" who dispute man-made global warming. One "scientist" is actually a TV weatherman with no college degree. One wonders how many others are without credentials.
Whether evolution or the environment or another hot topic, debates between scientists and theologians seem to get the most muddled when those involved seek to address concerns beyond their fields of their expertise.
This past week marked the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. All across the country there were celebrations and denunciations—not by the same people, of course.
Nearly 1,000 congregations across the country have announced plans to participate in Evolution Weekend Feb. 13-15 in order to spark “serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.” Among the participants listed on the Evolution Weekend Web site are a dozen Baptist churches, as well as congregations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 other nations.
Over the last eight years there have been many points at which I have disagreed with President Bush. And there have been some points where I have agreed with him. His comments about God and evolution on “Nightline” in December were one of those places where I agree with him.
Since the table of chemical elements is not featured in the Bible, it's only fair that Moses and Abraham are kept out of science textbooks. That is the argument science teachers are wielding against efforts to introduce intelligent design curriculum in public schools—and what better place to argue about it than in Texas.
A school board in Ohio is holding a hearing examining claims that an eighth-grade science teacher kept a Bible on his desk, taught creationism and burned crosses on students' arms. A third-grader teacher in California is being investigated for criticizing evolution, informing her students that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny do not exist, and advocating a belief in God. A school board in North Carolina has sparked controversy for considering the teaching of creationism.
While leaders of the Church of England once quickly denounced Charles Darwin's work, some leaders now want the church to issue an apology to Darwin.
Muslim terrorists are Darwinists, according to Adnan Oktar, an Islamic believer and a prominent creationist in Turkey, who wants to eradicate Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
The pastor of my church asked me to speak about naturalism and theism at our Wednesday night supper, in part to lay some groundwork for his discussion of creationism and evolution the following week.
Ah, Kansas. Wheat. Tornadoes. State fairs with pig races and booths selling a pork chop on a stick.
A Southern Baptist theologian and seminary administrator says dinosaurs and humans must have coexisted before Noah's flood.
Evolution may be winning in the courtroom but losing in the classroom, warns a new nationwide study about teaching of evolution and creationism in high schools.
The United Methodist Church passed a resolution at its recent General Conference opposing the teaching of Creation Science and Intelligent Design in public schools.
Quick! What is intelligent design? Anyone? Anyone?
When the Christian Right begins advocating freedom in public classrooms, practice the time-honored discipline of moral discernment. Listen carefully. Think cautiously. Remember that the Right's past agenda is the best predictor of their real agenda. Know that God is not the author of confusion, but God's children are, especially when it comes to those who want theology taught in biology classrooms in public schools.
A Texas-sized battle is brewing within the State Board of Education over what must be included in public-school textbooks.
The Florida Board of Education should discount a letter from the top official of the Florida Baptist Convention opposing the approval of language for the new science standards that reads: "Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported by multiple forms of scientific evidence."
Evolution Sunday, an annual event held in churches the last two years to promote the idea that science and faith are compatible, this year is being expanded and renamed Evolution Weekend to make it more inclusive for members of all religions.
At a news conference in November 2005, Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, defended Darwin's theory of evolution over and against Intelligent Design. "The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," he said. The real message of Genesis is to teach us that "the universe didn't make itself and had a creator."